And next year's words await another voice.”
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
On this day last year, I created a list of fifty things I wanted to do in 2012. Fifty was the magic number. I hoped to stretch my mind and keep thinking of things I wanted to do rather than just stop at a handful. I didn't think of these fifty items as goals, more as things that I was interested in pursuing. No pressure, no big deal. And then I watched myself during 2012, taking inventory in the spring, summer, fall, and early in December. I was curious to see which ones would stick and which ones might fall by the wayside, which ones would keep my interest all year and which ones I would toss aside. True to my original plan, I never did feel any pressure to achieve anything. The fifty items were simply guideposts for the year.
Over the last couple of days I have again compiled a list of guideposts for the new year. I intentionally did not go back and check what I had written last year as I wanted the ideas to come from what was important to me right now, not what mattered last year. And, for fun and games, I expect to take an inventory again in the spring, summer, fall, and early in December (which feels like a long time away). I am curious about how they all play out. Stay tuned.
1. Learn how to sort through and organize the photos I have taken. And
then do that.
2. Start and continue a Five Year Journal.
3. Change out the countertops in the kitchen.
4. Invest in a new kitchen stove.
5. Remove some of the heavy wood accents from the kitchen.
6. Investigate and possibly install a new kitchen table arrangement
7. Participate again in the A to Z Challenge in April.
8. Continue to take walks after work in the neighborhood.
9. Experiment with paint and new directions.
10. Go to Chicago.
11. Wait for something to happen.
12. Go through cabinets and closets and pare down possessions.
13. Avoid buying unnecessary junk.
14. Get the right hand repaired.
15. Get the left hand repaired.
16. Go to Yosemite Valley in April.
17. Investigate how to make photos and/or original artwork into stationery and calendars.
18. Create a doors and windows photo series.
19. Read more novels.
21. Go to Hawaii with Laura.
22. Carry my camera as often as possible. Use it as often as possible.
23. Foster curiosity.
24. Visit at least 10 county parks that are new to me.
25. Become a member and regular visitor at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.
26. Visit MOMA in SF at least once during the year.
27. Go to the DeYoung in SF at least once during the year.
28. Learn what it means to make and apply my own rules for my own self.
29. Practice being okay with being unproductive.
30. Send 52 snail mail notes to people to remind them that they matter to me.
31. Visit NYC and celebrate my birthday with anyone who can be there.
32. Learn what surrender means.
33. Read 26 books and keep active on Goodreads.
34. Create a few more Saturdays during the school year.
36. Take the hand of the little girl. Watch her. Listen to her.
37. Make room to experiment and play with cooking real dinners.
38. Engage in frequent and random conversations with myself.
40. Appreciate the temporary. Notice it everywhere.
41. Pay attention to the arguments between want and should. Let want's voice be heard.
42. Learn how to put the labels on the side of the blog.
43. Remember the person I wanted to be.
44. Schedule regular girl time with my best girl.
45. Clear off my home desk and keep it cleared off.
46. Explore what it would take to go to an 80% contract at work next school year.
47. Look for surprises.
48. Keep the dream journal going. Listen to what I am saying to me all the time.
49. Make room on the bench for all the characters who live in my head. Welcome them all and listen to what they have to say.
50. Hug myself from time to time.